Sharon Osbourne tells Bill Maher ‘I will not take’ being called a racist — WATCH
In her first interview following her being fired from The Talk, Sharon Osbourne was the opening guest on Real Time With Bill Maher.
Osbourne freaked out when co-host Sheryl Underwood challenged her defense of Piers Morgan’s attacks on Meghan Markle. In the interview with Maher, Osbourne blamed “disgruntled ladies” for losing her job, and said anyone who has accused her of uttering slurs is making it up.
In true Maher fashion, he completely missed the mark in describing the incident, saying “So on your ironically titled show The Talk, you were talking. And if there’s one lesson from this, it’s that’s not allowed anymore. So I just want to say my view is nothing happened,” Maher said.
He continued, “Meghan Markle and Prince Harry gave their interview with Oprah. Then your friend Piers Morgan — he’s a commentator in Britain — he said he didn’t believe things that Meghan Markle said. And then on your show, you said, ‘Well, he’s a good friend of mine and I don’t necessarily agree with his opinion but he is entitled to his opinion.’ So he was called the racist and lost his job, and you were called a racist and lost your job. Do I have it right?”
“You got it right,” Osbourne said. “That’s exactly how it went.” Oh, you two delusional people.
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“I’ve been called so many things in my life,” Osbourne told Maher. “I am so used to being called names, but a racist is one I will not take.”
“Yeah,” Maher replied. “It’s an insult if you’re not one.”
After the March 10 episode, former Talk co-hosts Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete came forward with allegations that Osbourne used slurs and made other racist comments during her time on the show.
Osbourne described them to Maher as “disgruntled ladies” and denied Remini’s claim that Osbourne made racist remarks about the Asian ethnicity of former Talk co-host Julie Chen Moonves. “I never, ever said that,” Osbourne said. “I don’t even use those words; they’re not in my vocabulary.”
Osbourne told Maher that she would be OK in the long run but she railed against what she described as “cancel culture” affecting the livelihoods of those who express contrary opinions.
“I’m doing just fine,” she said. “What about the people that are cut from the knees down who can’t afford to get lessons now on what’s politically correct? What happens to them? It’s not fair. It isn’t about being a racist. It’s maybe not knowing what is correct and woke for your language that day. It changes from day to day what is correct.”
Watch Sharon Osbourne’s conversation with Bill Maher
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